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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley, our top stories: the un gets the go—ahead to enter myanmar‘s troubled rakhine state. we'll hearfrom one rohingya militant about his struggle against the burmese army. the army surrounded our villages. the army surrounded our villages. the people had no choice. they said, you're going to die anyway, so you should die for the a week after hurricane maria, help is on its way to puerto rico where half the population still has no access to clean water. bali's biggest volcano threatens to erupt for the first time
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the burmese army has been accused of ethnically cleansing nearly half a million rohingyas have fled to bangladesh to escape the brutal crackdown, which the army says began with its muslim population gone. for years, rohingyas have endured discrimination, abuses, and confinement to squalid camps, but, unlike other minorities in myanmar, they did not rebel against the government. that's now changed.
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a burmese police officer showed me me where hundreds of men, carrying only machetes and petrol—bombs, stormed towards the police station. they were easily driven off, he said, and many were killed. shortly afterwards, the self—styled leader of the group, calling itself the arakan rohingya salvation army, published a video. rohingyas, he said, had now no choice but to take up arms. over in bangladesh, i went to see one of the thousands who had answered his call. we met discreetly, in a quiet corner. he described how his commander — his amia, he called him — had come four years ago,
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and took me to the hills for training — forjihad, he said. on the 23rd of august, the attacks began, and the army immediately struck back. he heard shooting, he said, and sought has been satellite. what followed can only be described as suicidal charges by the rohingyas. translation: the army surrendered our villages. the people had no weapons. our army said we were going to die anyway, so we should die for the cause, and be martyred. so we picked up bamboo sticks — even old men and teenagers — and started fighting. and then the army was shooting at us. what we found as we have spoken to refugees in bangladesh is pretty wide sympathy for the asa militants, especially amongst younger men, because this is the first group that has started to fight back against the burmese military. but there are others here who are angry with the militants for bringing all of this trouble onto them — and don't forget, there are victims of asa as well. in this community on the coast, there is a mix of old and recently arrived refugees.
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after friday prayers, i talked to some of them about asa. had it done any good, i wondered. "i think they acted for our benefit," said this young man, "but they were not strong enough to fight the myanmar government." they complained of the many abuses by the burmese military. "at least the militants tried to stand up for us," they said. but then this woman accused asa of killing and beating other muslims. "and how can they fight, when there aren't enough guns and ammunition?" she asks. bangladesh has accepted these refugees, but its security forces are uneasy. in this sea of human need, the radicalised movement has taken root, ready to risk all in its article struggle and for internationaljihadist groups, there is here,
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perhaps, a new recruiting ground. jonathon head, bbc news, southern bangladesh. and don't forget if you want more on the rohingya refugee crisis, go to our website, where you'll find reports from our correspondents and analysis of the united nations‘ decision to enter myanmar‘s troubled rakhine state — just go to help is on its way to the millions of people affected by two devastating hurricanes in puerto rico. a week after hurricane maria made landfall and almost half of the island's population — that's almost two million people — are still without clean drinking water. fuel and medical supplies are also in short supply. sarah corker reports. in puerto rico, food and water are scarce. there are long queues for even basic supplies. the us territory was hit first by hurricane irma, but it was hurricane maria that hit it a week ago, killing 16 people and knocking out power and communications. translation: we need more help.
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we are us citizens. we are supposed to be treated equally. the aid is too slow. they said is coming from the united states, but who are they giving it to? i haven't received any in my house. fuel on the island is running low. hospitals are short of diesel needed to cover the life—support systems. help is arriving, though. 16 us ships are part of the relief effort, bringing generators and heavy machinery. the governor of puerto rico told cbs news restoring power is the priority. keep the help coming. we recognise a lot is being done. infrastructure was completely devastated. we want generators, to restore the water supply, hospitals, and to get the telecommunications going. president trump has been accused of
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a lacklustre response to the crisis, and showed more response to texas and showed more response to texas and florida after they were hit by harry kane, something he denies. and florida after they were hit by harry kane, something he deniesli harry kane, something he denies.” tell you, we will be there every step of the way. we will be there to make sure what is done. and donald trump said he would visit the region on tuesday, that is almost a fortnight after the storm struck. there are already 10,000 federal staff on the ground, but officials warned the damage is so severe, it is likely to be months before power is likely to be months before power is fully restored. sheila torres lives in old sanjuan, she's on the phone. thank you for coming through to us. how was it for you at the moment? for me, it is very frustrating. there is no power, no water, i can't ta ke there is no power, no water, i can't take a shower. the people up the street from me are starting to get
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water, but i am still suffering. what is it like outside? do you go outside much at the moment? because we have a curfew, we are not supposed to go out at night. that is when the harassment is occurring. i read in the news that somebody got kidnapped, trying to steal power from a generator. we are hearing something like 58 hospitals are without fuel. people do get hurt or injured, and it makes it very difficult to get help? yes, very much so. the generator took for ever to power on, due to how much water came in from maria. the us military has said they hope to co—ordinate 240 a i rlifts into has said they hope to co—ordinate 240 airlifts into puerto rico in the us version islands. 15 aircraft, 505
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trucks working. are you seeing all feeling the benefit of any of that? iam not feeling the benefit of any of that? i am not seeing all feeling any relief —— or. some businesses aren't even able to feed us warm food. how do you feel about the president's reaction? i am appalled, we are us citizens. it just happened reaction? i am appalled, we are us citizens. itjust happened to be at a different location to the continental us and we are being ignored at this point. thank you very much for talking to us. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the authorities in a mexico city neighbourhood say they will take legal action against two construction companies for allegedly using substandard materials in two buildings that collapsed during last week's earthquake. the leaders of the benitojuarez neighbourhood will demand compensation for all residents affected. more than 300 people
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died in the quake. for the second time in weeks, one of europe's biggest airlines, rya nair, has announced the cancellation of a large number of flights. ryanair insists it is linked to problems in scheduling leave for its staff. it has denied reports that it's suffering from a shortage of pilots. facebook founder mark zuckerberg has defended his company after president donald trump accused the network of being "anti—trump". mark zuckerberg said his platform worked hard to have a positive impact on the electoral process, prompting millions of its users to register to vote. he did concede, however, that he had been wrong to have dismissed those who said fake news on facebook had influenced voters. president trump has set out plans for what he says will be the largest tax cuts in american history. he said he wanted to make tax codes simpler and fairer, bringing backjobs and wealth to the us. mr trump has announced tax cuts for businesses and said he would eliminate inheritance tax.
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the president said working men and women would benefit most, not the highest earners. but our country, and our economy, cannot take off like it should, unless we dramatically reform america's outdated, complex, and extremely burdensome tax code. it's a relic. we have to change it. we need to compete with other countries. fears are growing on the island of bali, where tens of thousands of people living near the slopes of mount agung have been evacuated. experts say the volcano is on the brink of eruption for the first time in 50 years. there has been an increase in volcanic activity this week with hundreds of tremors recorded. an exclusion zone of seven miles around the mountain has been set up, and the government has told residents to leave immediately. live to bali where the bbc‘s hywel griffith is for us. how is it there? we have been feeling some of those small tremors here, they have been coming at the rate of hundreds per day. yesterday
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was the most intense so far. speaking to seismologists, they simply don't know when it could erupt. it could be days, weeks, even months. nobody knows. because the threat is so large, tens of thousands, more than 80,000 people have been evacuated from the red zone, the rural area around mount agung. we have been to visit some of those evacuation camps, people are being houthi well looked after. there is a supply of entertainment for the children —— pretty well. many have left their homes and livelihoods behind. it is a pretty poor rural place, many depend on livestock and animals and they have had to leave those behind. you have said hundreds of tremors per day, that must be pretty frightening? they are pretty small, i am pleased
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to say. people living in places such as new zealand japan might be used to that sensation. it is much more worrying if those tremors grow in intensity and frequency. there is no way of knowing whether that means mount agung is about to erupt, the large explosion in 1963, they didn't have the measuring facilities to know how this particular volcano behaves when it is about to erupt. when it happened in 1963, over 1000 people were killed. caution is the utmost concern. another part of the island is still open for business, a huge tourist destination. flights are coming in. the indonesian government has britain a letter to the world to say they are still desperate for the do is to continue in that area. it can be
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unpredictable and move fast, would you and anyone else in the danger zone be able to get clear? there have been government officials and police going into evacuate people, but many believe it is a religious sign. there were some people resisting evacuation but it is understood that have been removed. everyone is being kept out of this roughly 12 kilometre evacuation zone. as you said, nobody really knows what will happen when it comes. there are things like facemasks being distributed across parts of the island. the ballot is and indonesian officials are keen to point out that most of the island is very safe. that is where most people are going —— balinese.
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thank you for being with us. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: why this pet dog has been drawn into australia's increasingly heated debate on same—sex marriage. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic
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faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: un officials will be allowed to visit myanmar‘s rakhine state on thursday for the first time since the start of the exodus of rohingya muslims. one week after hurricane maria, half of puerto rico's population still has no access to clean drinking water. the islands governor says help is on its way. britain's prime minister theresa may says she's "bitterly disappointed" about a decision by the us to impose a tariff of up to 220% onjets made by the firm, bombardier. the company which employs thousands of people in northern ireland.
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the tariff was imposed after a claim by its rival, the american manufacturer, boeing, that it was building jets using unfair subsidies. our business editor, simonjack, has more details. thousands ofjobs at northern ireland's biggest manufacturing employer could go, if the us rival, boeing, succeeds in getting a tariff of 220% put on planes produced by bombardier and sold in the us. people are concerned. there is worry, from everybody, as you would expect. it is all up in the air. it is what it is. we can't do nothing about it. disappointing, yes. i think they are being bullies. no doubt about it. if the planes achieve the expected demand... the aerospace industry has a long history in belfast, with the factory having been here since 1948. it remains a huge part of northern ireland's economy. last year, it paid £158 million in wages. it accounts for over 8% of all of northern ireland's exports, and it sources parts and imports from 800 companies
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in the uk and ireland. the future of this plant relies on the success of the plane onto which these wings will be attached, so any threat to the c—series programme is a direct threat to thousands ofjobs here in belfast. boeing has a powerful cheerleader. companies that receive subsidies and sells cheaply in the us, as boeing claims in this case, are the enemy of donald trump's america first policy. michael fallon said future defence contracts with boeing could be jeopardised, and tonight, theresa may echoed that warning. we have a long—term partnership with boeing. we have worked with boeing over the years. i think this is no way to operate in terms of such a long—term partnership, and i said that that long—term partnership
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is being undermined by this behaviour by boeing. the plant itself is in a constituency held by dup, which the government relies on to pass laws, so it is getting westminster‘s full attention. the prime minister has previously raised this issue withjustin trudeau and donald trump will stop so at the highest level, we have been emphasising how important it is. thousands ofjobs depend on this. there is a long way to go in this increasingly acrimonious journey. a second ruling will be made in february, next year, and even that can be appealed. northern ireland is caught in the crossfire of a dispute between canada and the united states. remember that they others' biggest trading partners. as the uk looks when you trade friends, it is a reminder that even special relationships can sour. there's been strong
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backlash from canada. the premier of quebec, phillipe couillard, has blasted the 220% tariff and threatened that quote, "not a bolt or plane part from boeing," will enter canada until the matter is resolved. we are hit because a giant, itself created, fed, by decades of government support in the us has decided to eliminate its competitor that makes better products. it's as simple as that. and a competitor who, on top of everything else, does not compete with any of the products now commercialized by boeing. it's a great paradox that confirms bad faith. the workers and the american economy will also suffer from these protectionist policies. so, quebec is attacked, quebec will resist, quebec will unite itself. we are going together to defend our workers, we are going together to be very proud of what we do here. in quebec, we are going to continue
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to make this remarkable place. we are going to continue to sell it all over the world. we will work with true partners. boeing may have won a battle but let me tell you that the war is far from over and that we shall win. 16 million australians are currently being asked to vote in a same—sex marriage postal survey. the issue of legalising gay marriage is so polarising that parliament has approved new anti—vilification laws to keep the debate respectful. both no and yes campaigners have been accused of violence over the past few weeks. one lady from melbourne says the marriage debate is getting so heated, even her dog has been drawn into it! claire sutherland talks about an incident with her dog, mack. he's been wearing a marriage equality bandana for about the last ten days. and most of the reaction hasjust been that he is getting more pats than usual when we go for walks. but two days ago, he was with a dog sitter, because my husband and i were out late. she took him for a walk, and a man in a dog park tried to kick him.
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and when she spoke to him, he responded with a bunch of homophobic, foulmouthed abuse at her, referencing the marriage equality survey that we're all going through at the moment, and just calling her some awful slurs, really. she was really taken aback. i picked mack up soon after it had happened, she was very shaken, and couldn't believe what happened. look, i don't think this grey, i don't think it represents most of the people who might be voting no in this survey, in the same way that i don't think the guy that attempted to head—butt our former prime minister in hobart last week represents anywhere near the average yes voter, either. but i think what's happened with this survey is it's allowed people that hold really extreme views to feel emboldened to express them in public, whereas previously it might have been something that they would have maybe just expressed to their friends. so yeah, i'm surprised and not surprised at the same time. modern african art is gaining
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popularity all over the world. three artists in particular from south africa, nigeria, and rwanda, are being credited with changing the face of the visual arts. but work from all over the continent is influencing artists much further afield. peter okwoche went to meet one here in london. many of the descendants of the 6 million africans shipped to brazil during the slave trade, it remains a faraway land. but for one of them in particular, it has a great fascination. meet rimon, a 28—year—old street artist who has landed his first exhibition in the
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uk. it is the idea of mixing a human with a bird, the immigrant birds, and this idea of changing, moving from a place, countries. his main theme, migration and movement. but why the interest in africa? like, brazil has many different people from around the world, with immigration and diasporas. africa, also like in brazil culture, they have many manifestations, like samba, capoeira. loud and vivid colours and the portrayal of the
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black african woman. there is no doubt that the continent is not far from his mind. and this activist has seen him travel to the gambia where he has also been showcasing his work. for this young brazilian, is african roots are what bind him to his art, and he wants to keep telling the story of his people. bbc news, london. the main news again. un officials have been given permission to head into myanmar‘s rakhine state, this is the first time since issues began. much more on the bbc news website. thank you for watching. hi there.
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it's been over a week now since hurricane maria devastated the island of dominica and puerto rico, in the caribbean, leaving more than 40 people dead. many still remain missing. since then, the hurricane has been working just past the east coast of the united states. it is a weak hurricane now, a category1 storm now, but over the next few days it could come closer to home. it is going to work northwards, getting tangled up with low pressure. not a hurricane, but the remains of maria could be heading our way through sunday night and into the early hours of monday, potentially bringing wet and maybe windy weather to the north—west of the uk. that's a way off. before we get there, this is how we start the day on thursday. a lot of cloud, outbreaks of rain left over from the night—time system. but it will be a mild start to the day, as well. that rain band still with us, then, across north—eastern scotland, with a fairly brisk wind.
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a lot of low cloud and misty conditions, too, around some of the hills. northern ireland starting today on a rather cloudy node, but some sunny spells for wales early on in the morning. whereas further east, across central and eastern england, there'll be a hang—back of cloud. through the day, outbreaks of drizzle which could be extensive. may be misty over the hills, as well. in fact, that cloud will be slow to break across east england, eastern areas of scotland, probably only breaking up as we head in the afternoon. but it is then that most of us should see some sunshine coming through. but the rain set in, really, through the northern isles, picking up. quite a cool day here, but otherwise some decent temperatures. 20 degrees in london. we're still on the warm side of average. through thursday night, though, the next atlantic system making its presence felt, working into northern ireland before spreading to scotland, western parts of england, and wales, too. tied in with this area of low pressure spinning in of the atlantic, bringing some fairly strong winds into the far north—western coast. so, for friday, a band of rain to start the day,
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pushing east across scotland, england and wales, heavy at times. behind that, yes, we'll see some sunshine, but also some blustery showers in northern ireland. with the showers, looking at temperatures coming down. feeling a bit cooler, but still relatively mild across eastern counties of england, that rain reluctant to clear away. saturday, though, a decent start to the weekend in many respects. many dry areas with some sunny spells. some showers around, maybe some lengthy showers around wales. but it is during sunday night and into the early hours of monday that the remains of maria could be coming our way, to bring some pretty heavy rain to the northern parts of the uk. that's your weather. this is bbc news, the headlines. the un has been given permission to enter myanmar‘s rakhine state for the first time since the mass exodus of rohingya muslims began. it had been demanding access since august, when myanmar‘s military launched operations against rohingya rebels — causing half a million people to flee into neighbouring
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bangladesh. help is on its way to the millions of people affected by two devastating hurricanes in puerto rico. a week after hurricane maria made landfall and almost half of the island's population — that's almost two million people — are still without clean drinking water. fuel and medical supplies are also in short supply. nearly 100,000 people on the indonesian island of bali have now left their homes near mount agung as they prepare for the volcano to erupt. an exclusion zone of seven miles around the mountain has been set up. vulcanologists have been recording hundreds of earth tremors each day. now on bbc news, hardtalk.
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